Monitoring the body’s feedback is a habit most people with diabetes are mindful of doing on a daily basis. Managing diabetes effectively means blood sugar checks, planning meals and closely monitoring any symptoms. However, even with close management, it can be easy to miss early warning signs which can show up in the mouth. Current research shows gum disease and diabetic symptoms are closely linked.
People with diabetes are more susceptible to infection as they have a decreased ability to fight bacteria invading the body. Gums become swollen and sensitive if bacteria is allowed to build up inside the mouth, weakening the oral structures holding teeth in place and creating an ideal entry point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once inside the blood, the bacteria can cause many diabetic complications, making blood sugar management more difficult.
The problem is part of a vicious cycle. Diabetes make gums more susceptible to infection and infection, in turn, makes diabetic symptoms worse.